Wow. I am just so encouraged by all of the wonderful comments ya’ll have been leaving for me. Your reassurance that the house in Hooterville has good bones and a lot of potential has made me feel better. Even though I know I have months, if not years, of work ahead of me to make this house into a home, I’m feeling a little less overwhelmed.
Even in its less than lovely condition, my husband is extremely anxious to move into the new house as soon as possible after the closing. Understandably, this city girl is not as anxious as he is. But since we don’t plan on selling our current home, there is really no rush to make the move immediately. I plan to stay put as long as possible…until at least the painting is done and new floors and carpet is installed.
In addition, this move cannot possibly take place in one weekend. Probably not even in one month. We have been in our current home 34 years. We have a lot of stuff. Too much needless stuff. I want to take this opportunity to go through everything and purge things we no longer need or want anymore. It’s the perfect time to pare down and simplify. Then, once we have totally made the transition to the new house in Hooterville, we will rent our house out.
In this post, I thought I’d show you the bedroom end of the Hooterville house.
Right off the family room is the hallway to the bedrooms. Is this scary, or what?! This is the hallway to hell. I really don’t like this end of the house.
Really and truly, I am stressing most over how I’m going to work with the dimensions and layouts of the four bedrooms and 1 of the bathrooms.
Sadly, the architect who designed this house put all the square footage in the living areas of the house and really skimped on the bedrooms.
The dimensions of two of the bedrooms are marginally adequate but there is not a lot of good usable wall space so furniture placement is going to be very difficult. The other two bedrooms are so small they don’t appear big enough to even accommodate a queen size bed, much less anything else to make for a comfortable guest room.
The first bedroom on the left of the hall is really small. And really bright! New carpet and paint is a must. Not only in here, but throughout the whole house.
I don’t even have a decent photo of this bedroom, which is across the hall but, trust me, it’s small too.
Because of this bumped out closet, the room is not even 10 feet wide. But look! The only wallpaper I have to remove in here is a border! Yippeeee!
By the way, THANK YOU, Anita for the tip about the reasonably priced wallpaper steamer that Lowe’s carries. I had considered renting one but I never thought about actually looking into buying one. I guess I just assumed they were really expensive. I definitely will get one and I know it will be money well spent!
This bathroom has 2 doors. One opens to the hallway (where this photo was taken from) and the other door opens into one of the bedrooms. You can see the second door is partially open to the bedroom on the right side of the photo.
This bathroom has a lot of potential but I’m definitely not feeling the 2 different floors here. In fact, this whole house has a mish-mash of different types of flooring in almost every room.
As you can see, it is actually a nice size so I am completely baffled why they installed a pedestal sink and wasted the other 4 feet to the left of the sink. Based on the weird placement of the lighting fixture, I’m wondering if there might have been a cabinet style sink in here at one time. Odd. Just odd.
Here you can see how the bathroom and bedroom are connected. I realized I don’t really have a good photo of this bedroom either. Small rooms are almost impossible to photograph.
You can sort of get the idea of what it’s like from the reflection in the closet doors…although the mirrors make it seem bigger than it really is. The room size is only 14 x 11.5.
Neither this room, or the master bedroom is big enough to accommodate our bed and all the pieces of our bedroom furniture so we are going to use 2 bedrooms for the time being. We will put our king-sized bed and night stands in this bedroom.
We’ll put the rest of the bedroom furniture in the “master” bedroom (below) and use it as a dressing room. At some point, we plan to consult with an architect about knocking out the wall between the two bedrooms and opening them up into one big master suite.
I’ve saved the very best part (NOT) of the house tour for last. The bathroom in the master bedroom.
We won’t even have to leave the house to feel like we are on vacation and staying in a cheap motel!
Good grief! What am I going to do to make this better?
Take a sledgehammer to it is the first thing that comes to my mind.
Next time I’ll show you the barns and the 28 + acres of jungle my husband has to tame.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 44 years. We have one beautiful and precious daughter, age 35.
After more than 37 years in the workforce, I was fortunate enough to be able to quit my job in 2007 and stay home. As a natural born homebody and "nester," this opportunity to be a full-time homemaker has brought me immeasurable contentment and happiness. I thoroughly enjoy spending each and every day in the cozy comfort of "My Cottage of Bliss."
About the "House in Hooterville": In October 2009, we bought a 30 acre horse farm in a small country town approximately 45 miles from the city where I have lived my whole life. Join me, a city girl through and through, as I try to simultaneously adapt to country life in "Hooterville" and redecorate the 1978 brick ranch-style house on the property into My (new) Cottage of Bliss.